Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Dental Hygienist earns an average wage of $29.82 per hour.
Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Total Pay (?
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$29,227 - $69,065
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MEDIAN: $48,534
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Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Total Pay (?
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$19.87 - $39.75
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,227 - $69,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,907  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,665 - $82,041  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,067
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $39.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,907  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,665 - $82,041  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,067
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Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

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National Average
$60,000
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Gender
Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
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Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 39%
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